THE CALL Fairmont Presbyterian Church Lent. It does not stir the same strong response as Christmas or Easter. Lent comes in subtler shades and poses lingering questions rather than offering brassy pronouncements. No angels herald the coming of Lent. Instead we are left with a distinctly uncomfortable silence inviting us to look inward and ask the hard questions. Who am I? What is important in my life? What do I live for? What would I die for? And perhaps most uncomfortable of all, do my answers to these questions have anything at all to do with the way that I actually live my life or am I cocooned in self-deception?
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conversation and fellowship may heighten our worship. Join us for this time of introspection and worship as we seek to be reminded of our turning point and reflect upon ways to help others find their paths. Lenten Study: The Apostles’ Creed, What Christians Believe and Why? By Adam Hamilton To follow Jesus means to acknowledge with our lips and our lives a new reality unfolding in our world and a new truth that pierces all our presumed knowledge. We confess those truths and commitments in all that we do and say. For centuries, Christians have gathered some of the most precious of those commitments into our shared confessions of faith. Join us throughout Lent as we explore one of those foundational statements, the Apostles’ Creed. We will consider exactly why we use a creed and what it does. And we will examine in detail exactly what it says about God, Jesus, and us through the new book, Creed, What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton. Copies of the book are available in the church office for $14.00 as well as bookstores.
Lent is a season, a mood, and a discipline. Starting on Ash Wednesday, (March 1) and for the following six weeks we will consider in worship those moments in people’s lives when they reconsidered everything, turned around, and went another way. That requires a mood of reflection and assessment, honestly considering your life from a new perspective. For some, that kind of work will be hard and painful. For others such change may be the most joyful thing in their whole lives. The Bible uses a Throughout Lent, running Sunday, March 5-April 7, special word for that kind of personal change: there are different times each week when you can repentance. Repentance is the Christian discipline of participate in the Lenten Study: Lent, asking the hard questions and then living honestly and courageously into the answers. Rev. Brian Maguire
WORSHIP AND MUSIC Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 7pm—Please join us Ash Wednesday at 7pm as we collectively begin our introspective journey through Lent. Our theological theme for Lent is "The Turning Point." Sermons will examine narratives in scripture where individuals had chance encounters with Jesus that then may or may not have set them on a new path. Our Ash Wednesday worship will invite us to think about the ways we have encountered Jesus in our own lives. Worship will be led around small tables over a light snack so that
Sundays, 11:30am, in the chapel, led by Pastor Denise
Mondays, 7:00pm, led by Danielle Rhubart and Michael Rothenberger at their home–beginning March 13 Wednesdays, 6:30pm, in the chapel, led by Pastor Brian Thursdays, 7:00pm, in the parlor, led by Pastor Denise– beginning March 16
Worship March 1
Communion Rev. Denise weaver will preach “Border Encounters” based on Psalm 133 and Matthew 15: 21-28.
Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Look Who’s Coming for Dinner” based on Acts 10: 1-16 and Acts 10: 23-44.
Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Restoration” based on Mark 5: 21-35 and Mark 5: 35-43.
Rev. Brian Maguire will preach “Possessed” based on Hebrews 4: 12-16 and Mark 10: 17-31.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION Children’s Ministry
Join us for our annual Easter egg hunt! Saturday, April 8 10:30am Magic show and lunch to follow!
Looking Ahead: Palm Sunday, April 9, regular service times Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:00pm Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00pm Easter, April 16, regular service times
Confirmation has started! Confirmation will run for ten weeks, with the students studying scriptures, the history Choir News of the Presbyterian church, how Fairmont works, sacraments, and their personal experiences with If you or someone you know is interested in singing in God. Please be praying for Max Borneman, Cassie the choir for Easter, now is the perfect time to join! We Shearer and Abby Taylor as they journey together start work on Holy Week music in the coming learning about their faith. weeks. Please come join the choir Thursday nights from 7-8pm for just Lent and Easter music! Musically skills NOT required OR necessary! “All God’s PYC children got a place in the choir!” M.I.A.= 6th-8th grades, meeting time: 4pm-6pm 29:11= 9th-12th grades, meeting time: 5pm-7pm PYC 6th-12th grades, meeting time: 4pm-7pm
PYC Schedule Daylight Saving Time—March 12 March 5th M.I.A/29:11 March 12th NO PYC March 19th PYC March 26th M.I.A/29:11 Table Parent Schedule March 5th The Chevalier Family-5pm March 19th Annette Sakada, and the Gunlocks-5pm March 26th The Runkles-5pm 2
Sunday School Schedule 3rd Sunday Mission Project – In February, we wrote notes of caring to attach to items collected for Hannah’s Treasure Chest. This collection is continuing through March 12. There’s still time to bring in items for this wonderful organization. See the crib in the Black & White Narthex for details. Thanks to the Women of Fairmont for organizing this project!
March 5 The Diller’s March 19th Jenny Fiden March 26th NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP. Help! th
Sunday March 19 Mission Project will be writing notes of care and support to our Young Adults/College-aged members. Join us in Fellowship to send your love and encouragement to these folks! Kettering Supplies – In February, we provided a carload of paper towels and toilet paper to this non-food bank, supporting families in need right here in Kettering. At this time, they are serving approximately 20 families whose children attend our partner school, John F. Kennedy Elementary. Another collection will be needed in April/May.
Many thanks to all who brought nonperishable items in for the youth’s collection for the “Souper Bowl of Caring”. The students collected over 250 pounds of food and house hold items from the Kettering community to be donated to Fish South East food pantry.
John F. Kennedy Elementary School – In February, we provided teachers and staff with dinner and lovely dessert during their winter Parent/Teacher Conference time. They were extremely appreciative of this dinner and our on-going support.
Men's Group The Men's group will meet at Bob Evans at 8am for breakfast on Wednesday, March 15. All the men of the church and their guests are welcome.
We currently have 8 Fairmont members who have been working with the delightful kids in the JFK After-School Program for one hour at least once a Young Family Event on Saturday, March 18, at 5:00 pm month. We have done simple crafts, played various at Red Robin restaurant at Fairfield Commons board games, helped with homework, listened to and Mall. Please RSVP to Pastor Denise. read books, and otherwise shared our love and care. The kids are great fun! If you are interested in this project, you can easily come along to see what goes on; just ask any member of the Mission Team for details on MISSION INTERPRETATION how you might participate. Young Family Event
House of Bread – We have a nice group of 8 going to prepare a fine hot lunch on Wednesday March 1. Our 2017 schedule includes April 25 (Tuesday), August 25 (Monday), and November 16 (Thursday). Sign up on the Mission Team bulletin board near the Parlor!
How Else Can You Serve as a Disciple? – We continue to collect various items in the Black & White Narthex: Soda Can Pull-tabs (Ronald McDonald House), BoxTops for Education (J.F. Kennedy Elementary), and men’s belts (House of Bread).
One Great Hour of Sharing – Later this month, you will find bulletin inserts regarding this offering collected on Easter Sunday. A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. 3
8:30am Prescho 6:30pm Praise B 7:00pm Ash W (sanctuary) 7:30pm AA (01
1st Sunday Lent/Comm. 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Lent Book Study (chapel) 2:00pm Scouts (fh) 4:00pm MIA/29:11 (109)
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 6:30pm Scout Meeting (133) 6:30pm Scout Meeting (133) 7:00pm Mission Team Meeting 7:00pm Evangelism (109) 7:00pm Worship Team 7:00pm Christian Formation 7:00pm Personnel Team Meeting 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:30am Prescho 5:30pm GIFT (f 6:30pm Connec 6:30pm Praise B 7:30pm AA (012
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Building and Grounds (109) 7:00pm Finance Team (rc) 7:30pm Board of Trustees (109)
8:00am Men's B 8:30am Prescho 10:00am Circle 2 10:00am Circle 3 1:00pm Circle 5 6:30pm Praise B 6:30pm Connec 7:00pm Circle 6 7:30pm AA (012
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Session (109) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr)
8:30am No Pre 6:30pm Connec (chapel) 6:30pm Praise B 7:30pm AA (01
11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm AA (133) 7:00pm Musica Rehearsal (cr) 7:00pm Board of Deacons (109)
8:30am Prescho 10:00am Call Ma 6:30pm Connect 6:30pm Praise B 7:30pm AA (012
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 6:30pm WOF Team Meeting (UR) 7:00pm AA (012)
8:30am Preschool 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm Circle 1 (chapel) 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Lent Book Study (offsite)
8:30am No Preschool 12:00pm Call Deadline 12:00pm OA (133) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 7:00pm AA (012) 7:00pm Kettering Civic Band (fh) 7:00pm Lent Book Study (offsite)
2nd Sunday in Lent/Daylight Saving Time WOF Box Lunch 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Lent Book Study (chapel) 3rd Sunday of Lent 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 9:30am 3rd Sunday Mission 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 10:30am Traditional Service 11:30am Fellowship (fh) 11:30am Lent Book Study (chapel) 2:00pm Scouts (109, 133) 4:00pm PYC (109)
4th Sunday of Lent 8:30am Preschool 8:30am Casual Service (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 9:30am Fellowship (fh) 12:00pm Castle Lunch (off site) 9:35am Children's Choir (127) 2:00pm Vital Signs (cr) 10:00am Sunday School (133) 7:00pm AA (012) 10:30am Traditional Service 7:00pm Circle 8 (parlor) 11:30am Food/Fellowship Coffee 7:00pm Lent Book Study 11:30am Lent Book Study (chapel) (offsite) 4:00pm MIA/29:11 (109) 4
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1:00pm Craft Group (012) 7:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm NA (012)
8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133) 5:00pm Theology on Tap (off site)
7:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm NA(012) 7:00pm La Leche Meeting (109)
8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
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1:00pm Craft Group 8:30am Preschool (012) 10:30am Mom and Me 7:00pm Choir Practice 7:00pm 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) NA (012) 12:00pm OA (133) 7:00pm Lent Book Study, 5:00pm Theology on Tap (parlor) (off site)
9:30am Circle 7 (off site) 10:00am Dayton Opera Guild High School Competition (cr, fh, parlor, sanctuary) 5:00pm Young Family Dinner (off-site)
1:00pm Rug Hooking Group (fh) 7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Lent Book Study, (parlor)
8:30am No Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
4:00pm Private Service (chapel) PYC Hands Against Hunger 7:00pm Carrie Newcomer Concert at Harmony Creek
7:00pm Choir Practice (cr) 7:00pm NA (012) 7:00pm Lent Book Study, (parlor)
8:30am Preschool 10:30am Mom and Me 11:00am Fit 4 You (fh) 12:00pm OA (133)
Breakfast ool 2 (parlor) 3 (off site) 5 (parlor) Band (fh) ctions (chapel) 6 (parlor) 2)
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Sunday Box Meal March's menu is beef stroganoff with noodles, peas and carrots, roll, and a St. Patrick's Day dessert! The Sunday Box Meal form will be in the bulletin on the first Sunday of the month, with pickup on March 12. As always, we hope you will deliver a free meal to a member or friend that you know would enjoy it. WOF will cover the cost and appreciate your delivery of the meal.
ANNOUNCEMENTS 2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center—Registration is open for 2017 Summer Camp at Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield. Camps for all ages are available from June 10 through August 13 and include: You and Me Camp, Quilting Camp, Beginners Camp, PYC Junior Camp, WOMEN OF FAIRMONT PYC Camp (with Robotics, Sports, Science, Art, and Music tracks) Camp Rejoice, Kids Camp, Adventure/ The Coordinating Team will meet Monday, March 6 at Sports/Discovery Camps, Two Week Camp, and 6:30 in the Upper Room. Family Camping Week-end. Camp schedule & registration at http://kirkmontcenter.com/camp-
registration Donations to Hannah's Treasure Chest, the organization featured at our Gathering in February, will be collected through Sunday, March 12. Lists of supplies needed are near the crib in the Black and White Narthex, where you can leave your items. If you would like to make a monetary donation, see Linda Hammond or Dee Harvey. Hannah's Treasure Chest helps children in need by supporting area agencies.
Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza Who? Elementary, Middle, High School students with piano skills (teachers and parents welcome to attend) What? Introduction to the organ and its history, Hands -on chance to play the instrument, Pizza lunch Why? To create interest in the church organ, educate students about mechanics and different organ sounds When? Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. - 12 noon Where? Shiloh Church, 5300 Philadelphia Dr. (Main and Philadelphia) Dayton Cost? $5 per participant Contact: Priscilla Acuff (Dayton AGO Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza Coordinator)
March Circle Meetings
Circle 1 – March 13, 7pm, chapel, Hostesses: Pat Goss, Brenda Anderson, & Ann Diller Circle 2 – March 15, 10am, parlor
Carrie Newcomer Concert—Folk singer, song writer Carrie Newcomer will appear in concert at Harmony Creek Church on Saturday, March 25 from 7:00– 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 each. If you would like to attend the concert with a group from Fairmont, please contact Vicki Ramga for more information. “Rapturously tuneful, Newcomer’s material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers.” Rolling Stone Magazine
Circle 3 – March 15, 10am Circle 5 – March 15, 1pm, parlor Circle 6 – March 15, 7pm, parlor Circle 7 – March 18, 9:30am Circle 8 – March 27, 7pm, parlor 6
Over the past year, the Session has been praying, reflecting, and talking about what we do, why we do it, and how we do it. The product of all these conversations is the Fairmont Statement for Ministry. What we do is nurture and guide people to lead new lives, the kind of lives that scripture describes as spirit filled, or literally spirit-breathed. Inspired literally means “spirit-breathed,” but also means to be filled with hope, imagination, courage, and possibility. Such lives are lived in and through the active presence of God in the world, (the Holy Spirit), and are shaped by both God’s Word in scripture and the community of God’s people (the church). The success of our ministries is therefore measured in the ways and degrees to which people touched by our ministries live transformed lives with greater hope, resilience, virtue, faith, and an abiding sense of the presence of God. Our business is, in participation with the Holy Spirit, changing lives.
THE MINISTRY OF FAIRMONT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH What do we do?
(Fairmont’s Mission Statement) Fairmont Presbyterian Church nurtures and guides people to live inspired lives.
Matthew 28:19; Luke 4:18; Isaiah 42: 6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:24 Why do we do it? (Fairmont’s Vision Statement) In order to love God and one another.
Matthew 22: 37-40; Mark 12: 28-31; Luke 10: 25-28; Deuteronomy 6:4; Leviticus 19:18
We do that for a purpose: In order to love God and each other. Those loves are interconnected for Christians. We aspire to live into intimate and sharing relationships with God and other people because we understand that this is what God intends for all creation. In our own provisional way, we aspire to live in relationship with each other the same way that God lives and loves in Trinity. We recognize that this aspiration will never be fulfilled in our lives, but it provides the vision and ultimate goal for all we do.
How do we do it? (Fairmont’s Plan for Ministry) With all our hearts by sharing Christ’s invitation to belong in community with all people and grow into ever deeper relationships with God and one another.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-13; Matthew 28: 19 We do all this in three distinct ways that form the -20; 1 Peter 2: 9-11 organizing structure for all our activities: belonging (sharing in community); believing (sharing in God’s story and the stories of our lives); and behaviors (seeking to participate with God in the practices and service of Christian faith). We accomplish our mission whenever we do this together recognizing and valuing each of these dimensions as important ways that we give witness to our faith through our emotions, intellect, and will. Through hearts, minds, and strength, we find ways to nurture each other into spirit filled women and men and through doing that together we find our new lives, born from above, in and through the Spirit.
With all our minds through learning the story of God and how the stories of our lives fit into the greater story of God’s people. We share God’s story with everyone as we seek to learn everyone’s story. Romans 12:2; 2 Timothy 3:16-17;
Joshua 1:8; Mark 16:15 With all our strength by serving our community together and participating in the practices of Christian discipleship.
This is our roadmap for ministry, a guide to use the gifts that God has given to us in community, and a way forward into God’s future together.
Matthew 25:40; Luke 10:37; Leviticus 19: 17-18
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STAFF Pastor/Head of Staff: Brian Maguire Praise & Worship Leader: Jerry Mahn Associate Pastor: Denise Weaver Preschool Director: Coleen Petrello Director of Youth & Music Ministries: Ashley Ross Preschool Teacher: Vicki Ramga Director of Childrenâ€™s Ministry & Outreach: Rachel Boden Preschool Aide: Liz Lewis Organist: Judy Bede Administrative Assistant: Donna Schoonmaker Bookkeeper: Becky Hegwood Custodians: Glenn Stevens and Louis Weyrauch
March Birthdays Drew Borneman Jeanette Kruer James Bodner C.R. Horner Joyce Mackintosh Jacquelyn Vickroy Doris Gaffney Abby Cohen Casey Gill John Sr. Grissom Dorothy Hangen Christopher Ingram Peter Guise Joseph Buchanan Glenn Spicer III Mary Allbery Carol Kemp Rick Schwartz Lisa Hess Martha Taylor Matthew Bowden
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